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Dou san (1989)

A master gambler loses his memory, and is befriended by a street hustler who discovers his supernatural gambling abilities.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ko Chun / 'The God of Gamblers' (as Chow Yun Fat)
Michael Chan / Little Knife / Dagger
Charles Heung ...
Lung Wu / 'Dragon'
Fong Lung ...
Ko Yee (as Lung Fong)
Man Cheung ...
Hon-Lam Pau ...
Chan Kam-Shing
Tse Lin Yang ...
Nam (as Chak Lam Yeung)
Brother Shing
Dennis Chan ...
Doctor Wong
Ching-Ho Law ...
Lap Ban Chan ...
Knife's grandmother
Michiko Nishiwaki ...
Ko Chun's female Yakuza opponent
Yu Shangguan ...
Jane's Mother


Do San (the God of gamblers) is a legendary gambler helped by his supernatural abilities. He undertakes to help a friend pay a debt by beating his friend's advisory at the card table. Despite being assigned a bodyguard Do San has a freak accident which leaves him with partial memory loss and at a mental stage of a child. The small time hustler Knife, his side-kick and his girl friend, being responsible for the accident takes care of the retarded Do San. After some time they discover that he has not lost all of his powers and takes him on a round at the local gambling halls. After being chased by both Knife's loan-shark and enemies closer to the home of Do San, a final showdown at the card tables may take place. Written by Staale A. Olsen <sao@idt.unit.no>

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Release Date:

14 December 1989 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

God of Gamblers  »

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Both Chow Yun-fat and Andy Lau did their own card manipulations. See more »


When Yee and Ko Chun are in the hospital, Ko Chun has a large, circular blood stain on his head bandage. But when Knife breaks in, the blood stain is smaller and changes shape. See more »


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Awesome - One of the best movies ever made
3 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

All I can say is WOW! This movie has it all. There is action, comedy, drama, suspense. I have never seen a movie combine all elements as well as this one. I've seen about 10,000 movies in my life and this one rates in the top 5. It is that great! Chow Yun Fat is brilliant and certainly would have deserved an Oscar if this film had a proper US release. His comic genius is present in all aspects of his character. The supporting cast does a fine job, but he is the God of Actors and not just the God of Gamblers. The direction is superb as well. The timing, the camera angles and the music make this movie an absolute pleasure to watch. I just finished watching the DVD and will order the remainder of the series as soon as I'm finished typing here. WATCH THIS FILM!

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